The Tower of London will mark the 100-year anniversary of the First World War with an installation created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins. The Tower’s famous dry moat is being slowly filled with red poppies — each representing a British or Colonial fatality during the war.
© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Vancouver was incorporated in April of 1886 and the months that followed were full of growth, development, and unfortunately a giant setback in the form of the Great Vancouver Fire. By the time August rolled around, the city was rebuilding and as Chuck Davis notes in his History of […]
© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Cordova Street, which runs through the most history-laden part of Vancouver, was once called Willow Street and Oppenheimer Street, before eventually being named after Don Antonio Maria Villaces y Cordova, Spanish Viceroy of Mexico thanks to L.A. Hamilton. 1886: View of Granville [Townsite] looking west from Westminster Ave (Main […]
In a few days, we will mark 100 years since the first guns of August boomed beginning the First World War. Why did it happen? Well, er, it’s complicated. Really, really complicated. So complicated that there have been, literally, thousands and thousands of books written about The Great War in several languages. And historians […]
I’m writing this on the morning of Canada Day 2014, thinking about all the fascinating things I’ve read about and seen, and all the people I’ve met. One thing I’ve come across is all the different parts of Canadian history I’ve studied, and how they’ve tied into many of the recent issues we’ve faced in Canada….
Most of us were blissfully unaware, but a huge asteroid the size of a double-decker bus careered past the Earth over the weekend. The space rock flew within 186,000 miles of the planet after being spotted by astronomers a few days before. While the distance from the planet might seem big, the asteroid in fact […]
Dan Browns famous novel “The Da Vinci Code” mixes history, mystery, and a curious plot that keeps pages turning. Whether you love it or hate it, I personally remember putting that book down several times while reading it and thinking “Woah, it all makes sense!“. That feeling of “what the…” is hard to come by. […]